Naruto’s ambition to become Hokage reflects Naruto’s parentage, as well as his desire for attention and approval from a village that hates him.
Kodoani.com – Anyone who knows even a little bit about Naruto and the character’s premise understands that Naruto’s ultimate goal as a teenager is to become the next Hokage. Essentially, this role of village president is definitely a long shot for those who don’t look like it will do well, but it’s also an arduous battle trail fraught with tragedy.
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Naruto’s ambition to become Hokage reflects Naruto’s mysterious origins, as well as his desire for the village’s attention and approval. It can also talk to Sarutobi and how Naruto doesn’t really help the boy. Here’s a look at Naruto’s youth and how it helped him become the Seventh Hokage.
Naruto’s Tragic Childhood
Naruto Uzumaki is the son of Minato Namikaze and Kushina Uzumaki, who was once the Fourth Hokage of Konoha. Mother is the current host of the Nine-Tails – a powerful demon that can only be stopped by her willpower. Unfortunately, during childbirth, Kushina is captured and the Nine-Tails is released from her body, subsequently wreaking havoc on the village.
Both Naruto’s father and mother will die in the ensuing carnage, Minato sacrificing his life and soul to seal half of the Nine-Tails within Naruto to stop it. Unfortunately, this would make the boy an orphan. His birth was a mysterious event not known to the public, and he was given his mother’s maiden name to further conceal that he was not the son of the Fourth Hokage.
Sadly, it was known throughout the village that he had sealed the Nine-Tails of destruction inside him. This caused the villagers to despise and alienate Naruto, treating him like a plague and basically as if he were a demon. He survived on a small allowance provided by some kind of welfare system through the village, but the amount was not much.
Naruto really didn’t know who his parents were or why he was so hated by the whole village. His ignorance of the Nine-Tails stems from the fact that Hiruzen Sarutobi forbids anyone to mention the creature. This attempt to keep kids of Naruto’s age from hating him the way their parents did sadly backfire, as they alienated him even more. However, Sarutobi doesn’t seem to have much in the way of raising him, especially since he is barely around with his children.
Naruto’s Role As Hokage
Treated like a leper by nearly his entire village, Naruto has to resort to pranks to get everyone’s attention, no matter how negative. As he grew older, he developed a desire to become his village’s next Hokage, with the role essentially being the ultimate form of recognition anyone could give him. Many people mocked this dream, but the attention alone was able to satisfy the boy Naruto, who always craved attention after being ostracized for a long time.
His quest to become Hokage may also reflect a sort of resentment towards Hiruzen Sarutobi, the Hokage before Naruto’s father, who took over the role after Minato’s death. Naruto could have blamed him for not stopping the harsh treatment he received from others, as well as his failure to intervene when Naruto was barely able to do so. This is supported by his destructive images of Sarutobi at the beginning of the series. However, in the end, the guy still respected the old man.
In the end, all the harsh treatment Naruto received from his teammates and other villagers only made him more accepting and compassionate towards others. Those who mocked and scorned him in the past were later counted among Naruto’s friends. So, he became more and more determined to become the next Hokage, eventually achieving this goal by the end of his series. Unfortunately, the role kept him from being with his family as much as he would have liked, ironically echoing what Sarutobi went through. However, Naruto is a fair and strong leader, whose outlook on life is motivated by his past.